[PDF] Identifying the health gain from retirement housing

Source:
Institute of Public Care
Publisher:
Institute of Public Care
Publication date:
01 June 2012

Abstract

The need to find a better approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of older people will become imperative over the next twenty years if the country is to be able to manage the demographic shift towards an ageing population. A new report published by IPC highlights that one of the best options lies in a substantial growth in the development of owner occupied housing suitable for older people. The report emphasizes that despite the fact that three quarters of older people are homeowners, choices in accommodation for this group are severely limited and often seen as unattractive. Measures to stimulate the development of housing suitable for older people could reduce expenditure on health and care services, stimulate local economies through building development, and free up family housing.